WATCH Deaf Singer Mandy Harvey’s Emotional Song That Had Simon Cowell Running To The ‘AGT’ Stage

Jill O'Rourke
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Remember Mandy Harvey from Season 12 of America’s Got Talent? The deaf singer wowed the judges with her original song, and earned the Golden Buzzer from Simon Cowell.

Mandy ended up finishing the competition in fourth place. But where is she now? Read on to find out what Mandy’s been up to since she appeared on AGT in 2017.

Mandy Harvey auditions for “America’s Got Talent.”

Mandy Harvey Earns The ‘AGT’ Golden Buzzer From Simon Cowell

Mandy Harvey was 29 years old at her audition for the show. She shared that she had lost her hearing at age 18 due to a connective tissue disorder. At the time, she had been studying music at Colorado State University.

Although she initially left the program, Mandy soon returned to pursuing her passion for music. For her AGT audition, she performed an original song called “Try” while playing the ukulele. She kept her shoes off to feel the beat through the floor.


Mandy earned a standing ovation from the audience and the judges. “I don’t think you’re gonna need a translator for this,” Simon Cowell told her right before he hit the Golden Buzzer, sending her straight to the live shows.

Mandy continued in the competition, singing more originals called “Mara’s Song,” “Release Me,” and “This Time.” In the season finale, she had the chance to perform “(You’re) Still the One” with Shania Twain. Mandy finished in fourth place.

Mandy Harvey’s music video for “This Time.”

Where Is Mandy Now?

When she appeared on AGT in 2017, Mandy had already released three albums. The same year she competed on the show, she released a memoir called Sensing the Rhythm: Finding My Voice in a World Without Sound.

She has toured around the world to perform her music and speak to people about her inspiring story. Last year, she released a new album called Nice to Meet You, and put out music videos for her songs “Release Me” and “This Time.”


Mandy is also an Ambassador for the nonprofit organization No Barriers. She told NPR in 2017 that she hopes people judge her based on her talent, not on the fact that she’s deaf.

“Not that I’m hiding my disability or whatever you would call it,” she said. “I don’t find it to be really a disability. It’s just I do things differently and I want people to appreciate music for what it is, and not because of a story. I’m not a story; I’m a person, and my passion is music. And I want your passion to be my music – so, judge me on my music.”

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Jill O’Rourke is a contributor at Talent Recap, writing news stories and recaps for shows like ‘AGT,’ ‘The Voice,’ and ‘American Idol.’ She graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in English and Film Studies, and has been writing about pop culture since 2012, with previous bylines at Crushable and A Plus. Jill spends her free time binge-watching sitcoms and daydreaming about life as a hobbit

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